Tech Talk-Android Apps 4

By Dan Reynolds, |

Published 07/22 2014 09:39PM

Updated 07/28 2014 08:45PM

        Start is a complete reimaging of the lock screen. You can have up to 24 app shortcuts and a wide range of services like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
        Stream social media with a single swipe. Call, text and email without unlocking your phone.
        Switch between ring, vibrate, mute and unlock your phone with cool sliders.
        Start is free in Google's Play store.
        Android has widgets, iOS doesn't.
        HD Widgets adds well-designed, customizable and flexible widgets. You can download add-ons and themes from the Play store.
        You'll have more than 100 gorgeous widgets. Display time, weather and plenty more. Tons of designs and sizes available.
        One-99 on Google Play.
        Agent gives you functionality with five different "agents" to automate and improve your smartphone.
        Drive is triggered by Bluetooth and motion-sensing. Goodies include auto-respond to let others know you're driving and can't talk.
        Battery triggers at a percentage you set. This is an energy saver.
        Parking remembers where you parked based off your speed or Bluetooth connection. It remember your last five parking spots.
        Meeting syncs with your calendar to silence or vibrate your phone when you don't want to be disturbed.
        Sleep silences your phone when you hit the hay. Set wake-up times and auto-respond to callers are a couple of features.
        There are one-thousand remote apps for iOS to control one-thousand different devices. There's an Android app that let's you control 700-thousand different devices.
        This one app, Smart IR Remote is terrific for any Android with a built-in infrared blaster. Examples: the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One.
        Once you have the blaster, you'll control any device in it's database. It supports air gestures, widgets and floating remotes that can remain on each screen when the app is closed.
        With the HTC One and other devices, there's a learning function to let you program custom buttons.
        Smart IR Remote is six-99 in Google Play, much cheaper than any universal remote on the market.

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